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Stress Management

Everyone experiences some stress. How you handle that stress varies. According to Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. , stress falls into four types: physical stress, psychological stress, psychosocial stress, and psycho-spiritual stress.

Physical stress like trauma (injury, infection, surgery), intense physical labor or over-exertion, environmental pollution, low blood sugar, hormonal imbalances, dietary habits, dehydration, substance abuse, dental challenges, and musculoskeletal challenges.

Psychological stress can be a combination of emotional, cognitive or perceptual stress. Grief, loss, anger, worry, anxiety, guilt, shame, self-criticism, and perfectionism are considered psychological stressors.

Psychosocial Stress may include relationship difficulties, lack of social support, loss of employment, bankruptcy, and isolation,

Psycho-spiritual stress is a crisis of values, meaning, and purpose. Life feels joyless and without meaning.

Stress management is a process that helps you recognize the types of stress that is impacting your life. There are manygood methods of coping with stress. The more common methods are:

The big problem with healthy coping strategies is that a person often does not feel immediately better after using them. These strategies only work after one makes a commitment to using them repeatedly over time. It can take a certain amount of discipline and patience to make it possible for these strategies to work.

Another way to help keep stress down is to remind yourself that you can’t control everything. Find ways to let go of worry about situations you cannot change. Learn how to say “no” to additional responsibilities when you are already stressed.

Finding the best stress relief strategies that work for you may take some experimenting and practice.

As your stress levels change, keep looking for the tools that will help you manage your life in a healthy way. Stress is a part of our lives and keeping stress at a manageable level is important for your overall well-being.

Disability Action Center Northeast Washington (DAC NEW) can help you find resources, provide peer support, and teach you how to manage your stress better. For more information, please call (509) 606-4639 to connect with one of our Independent Living Advocates.

Remember, you should seek medical attention if you are in crisis, using drugs or alcohol to cope, or if you have thoughts about hurting yourself or others.

You can call, text, or chat 988 to reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. The 988 Lifeline is confidential, free, and available to everyone 24/7/365.

Línea 988 de Prevención del Suicidio y Crisis – Text Envía “AYUDA” al 988

988 Lifeline Options For Deaf + Hard of Hearing

For TTY Users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988.

Veterans Crisis Line


Text 838255


Disaster Distress Helpline

Call or Text 1-800-985-5990

25 W Main, 3rd floor Room C-1
Spokane, WA 99201